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INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY IS DRIVING THE NORTH CAROLINA ECONOMY.   FACT

In February 2010, the North Carolina unemployment rate reached its recession peak of 11.3%.  As of April 2015, the North Carolina unemployment rate is 5.5%.  In the Information Technology sector, the unemployment rate is 2%.

YOU DON’T NEED A COMPUTER DEGREE TO WORK IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY.  FACT

While it’s great to have a degree, including a computer science degree, 66% of hiring managers at tech companies say IT certifications are more important than a degree, and this figure is growing rapidly.  IT certifications validate skills on a resume before the candidate even walks in the door.

MY E-MAIL ADDRESS DOESN’T MATTER IN A JOB SEARCH.  FICTION

More than half of e-mail users put a Gmail address on a resume – and an AOL or Hotmail account can look you appear out of touch and outdated.  And what comes before the domain?  Are you using your first and last name or ilovebeavisandbutthead@aol.com?  You only have a few seconds to make an impression on your resume – be sure your e-mail address isn’t a perceived negative.

I NEED TO KNOW SOMEONE TO GET A JOB.    FACT  AND  FICTION

On the one hand, there are 1,121 tech jobs posted in the Raleigh-Durham area today on Dice.com and employers are having trouble finding enough qualified applicants.  On the other hand, employers prefer to interview candidates that come recommended by reputable sources they are familiar with.  Carolina Career College, for example, has been training businesses for over 30 years – thanks to relationships with those companies, students are given exclusive opportunities to interview for open (and often unposted) positions.

Learn how you can get trained and working in the IT field in as little as three months.  RSVP now for our next Information Technology Open House, Tuesday, September 22 from 6p-8p at Carolina Career College of Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, 5400 S. Miami Blvd., #140, Durham, NC 27703.

 

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